BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL Community Magazine Winter 2011
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It’s Fun! It’s Full! It’s Fabulous!
BRIGHTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL Community Magazine Winter 2011
Council Bayside ously unanim s for s plan approve$19 million a new School. Middle
It doesn’t matter when you visit, the buzz around the new Peter Toms Early Learning Centre tells it all – the staff and boys simply love their new home. From the very first morning when former Head of Junior School Peter Toms visited the ELC to welcome the boys and families, there has been an excitement in the air.
Front cover: The Bayside Council, at their meeting in June, unanimously approved the architect’s plans for the new $19M middle school to be built on the land adjacent to the current Rosstrevor bordered by Outer, Allee and New streets (formally the site of the Girrawheen aged care facility). The striking design will be light filled and flexible allowing us to teach and learn in the rapidly changing ways of a technology rich world. You can learn more about this project by accessing a two minute video on the BGS You Tube account, via your smart phone or iPad, by using this QR (quick response) Code. Simply down load your free QR code reader from your app store (search QR code reader) and then hover over this code.
There are four busy rooms, two with three year old boys and two with four year old boys. Each room has its own ever changing decorative style depending on the creativity of the teacher and students. Top One of the very first boys to arrive at the new ELC on day one in February. Above Former Head of Junior School, Peter Toms was there to welcome families on the first morning to the ELC named in his honour. Left ELC Teacher Mel Perks.
Editor: Natalie van Wetering Key Contributors: Andrew Biggin, Tim Marshall, John Phillips, Peter Skelton, Peter Toms Photography: Thomas Barnes (Year 9), Andrew Biggin, Mark Chew, Sarah Bishop, Jason Vannan Photography, John Phillips Designed by: Designgrant Printed by: Adams Print Registered by Australia Post: P/P 3406 38/00001
The expansive outdoor area is a haven for the boys to learn through explorative play. The program is a mix of fabulous activities in the classroom and playground as well as specialist lessons such as library/literacy in the Junior School library, music/dance and movement, physical education, art, cooking classes within their own teaching kitchen, and their ‘buddy program’ with upper primary boys.
The Mothers’ Day celebration in May was just divine with a host of engaging activities going on throughout the Centre ranging from decorating cupcakes together, little boys making pretty brooches for their mum and a ‘beauty parlour’ area where some lucky mums had their nails polished and hands and necks massaged! The ELC by Torchlight event in June for both four year old classes was definitely a highlight for the boys and staff this term. It provided the boys with the opportunity to cook vegetable soup from their own vegetable patch in the playground, and make sausage rolls for their shared candlelight dinner. Once the boys left after their normal school day the staff opened up both classrooms and set up a central dining area and night time activities. All of the lights in the ELC were turned off and when the boys returned at 5.30pm they had to use their torches to explore our indoor and outdoor environment. What an exciting evening for all the boys, staff and parent helpers. ELC Director Amelia Barrow simply can’t believe her good fortune. “I always knew we offered a great program, but I didn’t realise how much we were hampered by the old building. Now it is just magical coming to work every day and seeing the delight on the faces of the staff, parents and boys!”
Left ELC 4 boys explore by torchlight.
New Honour Boards By Peter Skelton
Dr Crowther opened the School on the 14 February, 1882. His first day saw eight enrolments and there were 29 boys attending by the end of the year. On June 6 of that year 13 year old Lewis G. Pearson was enrolled and on July 25 Seymour F. Gibbs joined up, he was almost sixteen. Of our first 29 students these two were the only ones to enlist in the Boer War. Coincidentally there were twenty-nine BGS boys who also enlisted for that conflict. At some time a board was made to honour the names of the Old Boys who had served. Sadly it included a number of errors and omissions. And so did the boards erected after each subsequent war. This is not a criticism but recognition of the fact that the detailed information available now through the internet simply was not available at those times.
The introduction of computers and the web has opened significant information doors. For us the first impact was a revision and update of the Book of Memory prepared for the Memorial Hall, which was erected in 1953 and demolished in 2005. The natural consequence of that publication was to consolidate our many honour boards into one and to have the new board in a prominent place. That place was the foyer of the new Senior School library complex which was opened in 2007. For some time the wall was bare but a very generous donation from Old Boy Peter Isaacson AM DFC AFC DFM (1937) and family allowed the Honour Board concept to become a reality. Two men in particular were instrumental in the design and manufacture, current parent Craig Austin and Ian Wong. Craig is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University specialising in communication design. Ian is a director of ejo design and a lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University.
Craig wrote the following: “The design of the honour board draws on the idea of people and place. While the names are arranged in the form of pages in a book, each double page has been arranged in the same pattern as bricks or stones are laid when a building is constructed. In this way, the names of those from Brighton Grammar School who served in various theatres of war are recorded chronologically as one of the important stories that contribute to the history of the School. Huon pine, an Australian timber which is one of the slowest-growing and longestliving plants in the world, was selected for the 20 individual panels that comprise the formal background element upon which 38 glass panels are suspended. Black Bean, also an Australian timber, has been used in the construction of the individual clasps that hold the glass panels in position. Each glass panel carries the names of those who have contributed active service for their country. A relief form of the School crest has been integrated into the wall surface upon which all of these elements have been assembled.”
On 2 March about 100 guests comprising ex-serviceman, their families and invited guests joined the Isaacson family, the Headmaster and the boys and staff of the Senior School for a formal ceremony in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall to mark the official opening of the new honour board. The official party and guests then moved upstairs for the blessing, cutting of the ribbon, unveiling of the plaques and morning tea.
above The Headmaster and Peter Isaacson, our generous benefactor.
The plaque reads
The Honour Board was presented to the Brighton Grammar School community in 2011 by Peter Isaacson AM DFC AFC DFM who attended the school from 1933 to 1937. It commemorates the service of his aircrew 460 (RAAF) Squadron and 156 (Pathfinder) Squadron both of Royal Air Force Bomber Command WWII and all those from Brighton Grammar School who served in the Australian Defence Forces from 1939 to 1945.
The Honour Board project was the vision of our Deputy Headmaster Peter Skelton and was the result of five years of persistent and meticulous research and dedication by both Peter and his secretary Anne Brozyna.
BGS raises $8700 for Fukushima In May, a whole school Casual Clothes Day raised $7077 for a group of students in Fukushima, Japan whose schools and homes were decimated by the earthquake and tsunami. These students, now housed in an evacuation centre, attend the same school as Ryuga Shinozaki, who attended BGS from 2001 to 2005. Ryuga lives in Fukushima and several times he and his family have had to relocate to avoid the radiation emanating from the nuclear facility. Conditions in Fukushima are harsh with shortages of water, food and power, exacerbated by constant aftershocks. The generosity of our parents and boys far exceeded our expectations. Year 11 and 12 boys organised Japanese sweet stalls and the opportunity to purchase a gyoza lunch. An exquisite Japanese Luncheon was also prepared by our Japanese mothers. Eighty plus parents and staff attended the luncheon which raised $700 to assist the Fukushima students. $1000 was also set aside from The Pink Dinner for earthquake and tsunami victims. In total BGS sent $8700 to assist the students at Ryuga’s school in Fukushima.
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Clockwise from below Michelle Wilson; the Japanese Luncheon; BGS Japanese mums take a break.
New scoreboard turned on A new fully digital, colour scoreboard has been installed on the Crowther Oval. Almost $40,000 of donations was contributed towards the purchase and installation of the score board with $20,0000 of that from the Dalziel Club through the collective support of all members over the past five years. The School would like to thank Richard Simon, President of the Dalziel Club for the enormous work and enthusiasm he invested into making the new scoreboard a reality for the boys of BGS.
Above Some of the donors celebrate the official launch.
YEAR 6 TIWI ISLANDS VISIT
“Their footy skills are off the chart!” The visit proved to be a genuine appreciation of each other’s talents. When the hosts took our boys fishing and crabbing they were able to catch fast moving prawns in their bare hands – an impossible feat for our boys; whereas in the classroom our boys were able to help the Tiwi speaking local children sharpen up their English skills on their emails and blogs.
“I learnt you don’t have to be rich to have a happy life”
They’re actually just like us! As eight Year 6 boys, along with teachers Rick Pemberton and Bill Gibney, began their journey north to the Milikapiti School on Melville Island (part of the Tiwi Islands, just north of Darwin) there were mixed feelings – nervousness, anxiety, excitement and generally not really knowing what to expect. The boys knew the lifestyle was markedly different to their own, what they didn’t know is how well they would cope with it. The visit was part of an exchange program initiated by Head of Junior School Peter Tellefson. The aim was to have our boys experience the culture and lifestyle of one of the indigenous
communities and develop a greater understanding of their way of life. The contrast of lifestyle certainly struck the boys – there was no shop to conveniently buy food, but there was the thrill of hunting for food; the people wore no shoes and yet they could run and play on any surface without pain; the colour of their skin was different but they played the same games and laughed at the same jokes. Sport, as usual, was the ice-breaker, with an impromptu footy match beginning within 30 minutes of our arrival. Footy is the local children’s favorite sport, played whenever there is any spare time. Our boys were very impressed with so many of the children they met being related to current AFL players!
Another highlight was tasting some indigenous foods – wallaby, turtle, buffalo, seagull eggs and mud-crabs. Harry Osborne assured me they were all very nice but his personal favorite was green ants – where you suck on the tail and they are as sweet as lollies! During the visit our hosts took us crabbing in the mangrove swamps, fishing, swimming in an inland water hole, learnt about Tiwi dancing, the Dreaming and their painting styles. Most valued of all was the day to day interaction with their aboriginal friends in the classroom, on the footy oval and chatting to the people everywhere we went. Through this interaction many friendships were formed and there were even a few tears shed when it was time for us to depart. Several boys suggested that we really needed to stay for a month.
“It was the best experience of my life”
“All the kids were so friendly” The exchange program really began in September last year when eight boys from Milikapiti came to visit our school. We gave them the chance to experience our culture and a school in a major city. Although the boys had a very cold experience, they obviously had a wonderful time working in our classrooms, staying with BGS families and visiting various sites such as the MCG. It was pleasing to learn all of the Year 6 boys who visited us last year have opted to go to boarding school in Darwin in 2011 – the largest group ever.
Far left Thomas Post with his new friends. Above – clockwise from top left The fresh water waterhole was a popular place to cool down and the only place to swim because of the ever present danger of crocodiles; Will Paynter; the boys try Tiwi dancing too.
BGS Performance Sweet Charity With show stopping songs like ‘Big Spender’, ‘Rhythm of Life’ and ‘If You Could See Me Now,’ Sweet Charity, the senior production of BGS/FGS was a performance of joy and entertainment that only a musical can deliver. Entertaining audiences over four nights, the classic 1960s Broadway production, tells of the adventures and misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, and Amy Gallaher’s delightful portrayal of the main character was outstanding. Will Ramsay displayed amazing comic talent as Oscar, Zachary Miller was wonderful as Italian lothario Vittorio Vidal, as was Sam Langan playing Herman and Carson Lewis playing Daddy Brubeck. The supporting ensemble cast were energetic and vibrant.
MICHAEL HITS a high note
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Year 6 boy Michael Gotze has always loved to sing – but he didn’t have singing lessons because he was too busy with cello, piano and school. Instead he joined the Borwick House (Junior School) Choir. However, in the last couple of years his natural talent for singing has soared to a whole new level with Michael performing in the Australian Opera Company Productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for two weeks in the January holidays and more recently in the autumn season of La Bohème. Above Michael, far right, was the youngest in the Pixie chorus of 20; he thrived on the demanding schedule of rehearsals and performances. Clockwise from far left Sam Langan as Herman; Will Ramsay as Oscar; School Captain, Zach Miller as Vittorio Vidal; Carson Lewis as Daddy Brubeck.
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Boys to play on world class stage There is great excitement building in the School community as we prepare our very first concert to be held in the internationally acclaimed performance venue, The Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC).
Aladdin Jr. What a treat it was to ride the ‘magic carpet’ to the far-away city of Agrabah and watch the BGS/FGS Year 6 production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr in June. From the opening scene inside the palace gates to the inevitable ‘happy ever after’ the colourful musical production was filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides. The talent of the principal cast was quite extraordinary with so many strong singing voices and distinctive characters. The dancing and singing of the ensemble was terrific and most entertaining. Congratulations to the Director, BGS Coordinator of Junior School Music, Jared Furtado for his superb direction and the Costume Designer Current Parent Barbara Walsh for her stunning and clever costumes.
The MRC opened in 2009, and has two key spaces - the 1,000 seat Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and 150 seat Salon. The spaces achieve extraordinary standards in acoustic excellence. To eliminate external noise, the building is surrounded by 250mm of concrete, mounted on 38 steel springs. The interiors are lined with hand-cut panels of native Australian Hoop Pine which turns the hall into an instrument in itself adding an architectural bass to performances. Brighton Grammar School is one of very few schools who have had the privilege
of being able to have students perform in the MRC – a reflection of how highly our music program is regarded. As well as performances from our various ensembles and choirs, the concert will include a cameo performance of internationally acclaimed jazz fusion pianist Dr Allan Zavod, Old Boy (1963), inaugural member of the BGS Hall of Fame, who will play some Gershwin with some of our most talented school boy musicians. Parents, staff and students past and current are warmly invited to attend this inaugural event to be held on Wednesday 31 August at 7.30pm. For more information please contact the Music School on 03 8591 2258.
10 new Inductees and some Rising Stars too! Natalie van Wetering It is only occasionally when one feels the sort of pride you feel like your heart might just get stuck in your throat –when your team wins a grand final, or your child sings a pure soprano solo in the concert, or Australia rises as one to fight a natural disaster.... well that’s something like how I felt at the second induction dinner for the BGS Hall of Fame. I could not have felt more proud to be part of the BGS community. It was an emotional journey of pride and awe; I was reintroduced via a short movie clip to the heroic and courageous Old Boys who made up the inaugural inductees in 2008, the Centenary year of the OBGS. Eight of those men were present and formally paraded in behind the School banner, School Captain and Headmaster. And although all walked tall, it was with humility amongst their peers. To describe every detail of what occurred would be as dull as reading the itinerary of someone else’s holiday. That said though, there were several highlights. Formalities
included the presentation of Honorary Life Membership of the OBGS to long serving staff member Monty Stephens and Old Boy, Past President of the OBGS and Past Parent Michael Talbot, a moving rendition of ‘The Impossible Dream’ sung by Bruce Hardy (2005) and William Tang (2005), a very witty and clever keynote address by Michael Rozenes (1963), Chief Judge of the County Court and Hall of Fame Inductee 2008, and a breathtaking performance from internationally renowned jazz pianist Dr Allan Zavod (1963), Hall of Fame Inductee 2008. Of course the purpose of the night was to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our 10 inductees and our 5 Rising Stars. They are listed below with a short description of some of their achievements. (To read their biographies and to access a short video on each inductee simply google Brighton Grammar and go to the Old Boys section.) It would be remiss of me to finish this report without sharing just a couple of the really standout moments of the evening. One inductee, Roger Davies, is far from a house-hold name – and yet he certainly mixes with the rich and famous! Roger has been a manager of musical artists since the 70s starting with Sherbet taking them from a local band to an international success. Since then his client list includes Cher, Joe Cocker, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, Sade, Janet Jackson, Pink and more. Roger was unable to be with us at the dinner but Daryl Braithwaite, former lead singer from Sherbet stood in on his behalf and was supported by a three minute video message from Cher, Pink, Tina and others passing on their congratulations to Roger! Quite a show stopper!
Another memorable moment was when Dylan Alcott OAM, who at 17 and in Year 12 won an Olympic gold at the Beijing Paralympics, was presented with his award, took a moment to thank the Comport family for the scholarship they had given to the school that allowed him to attend BGS. Dylan said without that opportunity his life simply would not have gone in the direction it has and he was overwhelmed with gratitude. And finally, another inductee who again is someone most of you would not know and yet he has made a significant mark in the world. The late Rev. Peter Thomson AM lived his life both in Australia and the UK and is best known for the work he did as a social entrepreneur (practising his Christian faith by actually getting out and doing things to help the disadvantaged and getting others to do the same) and for being a mentor and friend of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. The guests at the dinner were awestruck when a three minute video message from Tony and Cherie Blair sent their congratulations and best wishes to Peter’s family with Tony clearly saying, “Peter was the most influential person in my life”.
Top Old Boys William Tang and Bruce Hardy perform ‘The Impossible Dream’. Centre left Judge Michael Rozenes AO, QC gave the keynote address. Centre Right President of the OBGS Peter Scott. RIght Dr Allan Zavod (Hall of Fame inductee 2008) with the Headmaster.
Inductees Dylan Alcott OAM (2008) At the age of 17 Dylan Alcott was the youngest competitor by 7 years in the Wheelchair Basketball competition at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing where they won gold – a feat not achieved by Australia since the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona. Not many people know that Dylan loves music and can sing and play the drums. He is an avid sports fan and a multi-talented one at that. Not only is he an international basketballer, but he is also an accomplished tennis player (having played in 30 countries and at one stage ranked 190 in the world, sixth in the World Juniors) and one of his proudest moments was winning three silvers at the Tennis World Team Cup. Dylan received a scholarship to the University of Illinois in the US to train and compete in the university’s extensive wheelchair basketball team program. Dylan attended for a year but even better opportunities arose in Melbourne so he returned to the University of Melbourne where he is studying Commerce and preparing for the London games.
The Hon. Justice Mordecai Bromberg (1976) ‘Mordy’ Bromberg was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia (Melbourne) on the 7th December 2009. After attending Brighton Grammar School for just one year and playing memorable football on the Crowther in the First XVIII, Mordy graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Law, and was admitted as a solicitor in 1984. He became a barrister at the Victorian Bar in 1988 practising
in industrial and employment law as well as constitutional, trade practices, administrative law and discrimination law. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003 and served as President of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights. Mordy has extensive international and domestic experience in labour law.
Since then Roger manages or has managed many of the most successful rock performers in the world
Not satisfied with simply running a very successful practice Mordy did so much more. In 2007 he co-edited a book with fellow barrister Mark Irvine the “Australian Charter of Employment Rights” which was described as a ‘blue print for the future of Australian industrial relations’ Mordy is also a former Australian rules footballer for the St Kilda Football Club (1978-1981). In his football career he played 34 games, scored 11 goals and had 3 Brownlow Medal votes in 1980.
Roger Davies (1969) Roger is without doubt one of the greatest success stories to emerge from the Australian music industry. After leaving school Roger worked his way up from the very bottom rung of the industry, progressing from roadie to agent to manager of a local band, eventually becoming one of the most successful and respected artist managers in the world. What is extraordinary is his endurance, now in his fifth decade of success and not slowing down a beat. The rise of Roger began in earnest in 1972 when he became the manager of a Sydney band who, with his help, became arguably the most successful Australian pop act of the 70s. That group, Sherbet, provided him with the all-important experience that would take him to the top in his chosen field. Sherbet dominated the Australian pop charts through the midSeventies, winning award after award -- lead singer Daryl Braithwaite was Australia’s ‘King of Pop’ for three years running - and they became a key part of the ‘Countdown generation’.
• Olivia Newton-John
• Tina Turner
• Joe Cocker
• Janet Jackson
• Tony Joe White.
Gary Minihan (1979) Gary Minihan is a retired Australian sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres. The 400 metres is often recognised as the hardest event as it is a ‘long distance sprint’ – you go flat out all the way. Gary ‘fell into’ running the 400m in Year 12 as Athletics Captain. He traditionally ran the 100m and 200m sprints but no-one else would run the 400 so he did it. When he competed at the APS athletics meet he won and a new chapter of history began. After school Gary went on to study Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) at Monash University. He was a member of the Australian Athletics Team from 1981 to 1887, and is the most successful track and field athlete Brighton Grammar School has ever produced being the only one to have competed at Commonwealth and Olympic level. At the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games he won a bronze medal in the 400 metres and a silver in the 4 x 400 metres relay. He finished fourth with the Australian relay team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The team, consisting of Bruce Frayne, Darren Clark, Gary Minihan and Rick Mitchell, ran in a new Oceania record time of 2:59.70 minutes. The record still stands today. In the 25 years since Gary finished competing he has coached and mentored up and coming athletes with Athletics Australia, and at BGS where Gary is the Assistant Business Manager.
Top Dylan Alcott with the Headmaster Above Roger Davies Above Right Mordy Bromberg RIght Gary Minihan
Professor Geoffrey Opat AO (1953) (deceased) Professor Geoffrey Ivan Opat was the Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Melbourne when he died suddenly in March 2002. He had an enthusiasm for teaching physics at all levels, from kindergarten to postgraduate, and his enormously creative ideas in many different areas were the hallmarks of a remarkable career in research and in service to the physics professions and to education in Victoria, in Australia and internationally. Top The Opat family Right Geoffrey Opat Below Left Members of the Priestley family Below right Rob Priestley
Geoffrey was awarded the Dux of Brighton Grammar School in 1953. On completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne Geoffrey undertook further study and teaching in the USA before returning to the University of Melbourne. Throughout his career he held many roles here and abroad including Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Head of the School of Physics, was a member of the Physics Standing Committee of the Universities and School Examinations Board for several decades – fighting, often with a lone voice for maintaining rigorous standards. Geoffrey would look for opportunities to offer enrichment lectures and activities for students and teachers organising conferences, lecture series and so on. His breadth as a scholar was widely recognised and led to advice being sought nationally and internationally. Another passion was to invent new gadgets – some of which were more useful than others, eg: 'The rubbery ruler’ in 1995 - led to worldwide patents and an R & D 100 award. In recognition of his boundlessly creative ideas Geoffrey was invited to become a Board member of the Museum of Victoria and to chair its Research Committee. He also chaired the Research Committee of the Victorian College of the Arts. He loved the opera and was a keen ‘bathroom tenor’.
Robert Priestley (1978)
Vernon Spencer (1958)
Robert Priestley has been the Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Australia and New Zealand since 2002.
Vernon Spencer is credited with being the ‘inventor’ of mortgage broking in Australia.
After completing school Rob undertook a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining JP Morgan in 1994 (then the Chase Manhattan Bank) Rob was a Director with Macquarie Bank’s Financial Markets Group in Sydney. He joined JP Morgan in Australia as Head of Global Financial Markets business in Australia. He has held a number of senior roles with JP Morgan around the world including Regional Head of Fixed Income and Debt across Asia Pacific, the Regional Head of International Fixed income across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Head of Global Emerging Markets in that region. In addition Rob has been a Director and Council Member of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) since 2006. The ABCN was created in 2004 by a group of senior business leaders (the who’s who of business in Australia) whose vision was to inspire, challenge and engage businesses to have greater positive impact in the community. The ABCN decided initially to focus on education and to provide mentoring, partnering and support programs to the students and schools who would benefit the most. Rob’s close involvement with the ABCN includes mentoring the Principal of the South Granville High School, an underprivileged school in Sydney’s west. Rob has been a driving force in engaging the staff at JPMorgan to become involved in some of the important projects that the ABCN run. Although Rob lives in Sydney and has done most of his adult life, he remains a passionate Carlton Football Club supporter.
Vernon is Executive Chairman of the Stargate Corporation Group. Stargate provides a broad range of specialist mortgage underwriting, processing, technology, and management services through its financial services, global asset management, and technologies divisions, and is a market leader in these segments of the Australian mortgage industry. Vernon’s career includes diverse experience in accounting and financial services. In 1972, he founded Stargate Corporation, which quickly became a market leader in the business of mortgage banking, loan processing, and asset management. In 1978 he was responsible for the first issue of mortgage-backed securities in Australia and the beginning of the secondary mortgage market in this country. The big switch from broker to originator came in 1992 when Vernon formed Interstar Securities, which became one of the nation’s largest non-bank wholesale loan financiers, providing housing finance through mortgage managers and mortgage brokers, and funded by the issuance of mortgage-backed securities to major institutions and investors in Australia, Europe, Asia, and USA. In 2003 Stargate’s Interstar business was acquired by Challenger Financial Services, a listed major diversified financial services group. Vernon has always been prepared to ‘walk the talk’ – he is so committed to ensuring there will always be funds available to make sure there are surf life savers at Portsea, he has been Trustee of the Portsea Surf Lifesaving Foundation since it started in 1959 more than 50 years ago. Vernon has been a Trustee of the Burnet Institute's Sir Zelman Cowen Foundation for Medical Research and Public Health since its inception in 2003.
Rev. Peter Thomson AM (1952) (deceased) The Rev. Peter Thomson was a charismatic Anglican priest and social entrepreneur, also known for being a mentor and friend to the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Peter left school at 16 to collect rents for his father’s flourishing real estate business. But he felt the urge to make more of his privileged life so he went to Ridley Theological College in Carlton and was ordained in 1959. Peter’s first vicarage was in North Melbourne, where he installed a lounge and library for elderly parishioners and introduced jazz to services. He also met Helen Sumpter, who was helping to paint the church basement. They married in 1961. The following year they moved to England, and returned to Melbourne in 1963. Peter taught mathematics at the local high school so that his stipend at St James’ at Thornbury could pay off the church mortgage. But this and his idea of raising further funds for the poor parish by also using the church as a hairdressing salon during the week - managed by Helen - was considered too entrepreneurial by the church hierarchy. He was warned to desist or face the sack. He continued and was duly sacked from the parish. In 1969 Peter was appointed Chaplain at Timbertop (Geelong Grammar School). He went back to England for further study in 1974. There he left a great impression on two students at St John’s College, Oxford. The future Prime Minister, Tony Blair was spellbound from the time he first encountered Peter. And Geoffrey Gallop, a Rhodes scholar, (Premier of WA 200006), who was part of the same circle at Oxford, found his life, faith and politics influenced by the larrikin vicar’s take on Christianity and its daily application to solving human problems. In 1975 Peter returned to Timbertop in the dual role of Chaplain and Principal, a role he held for several years.
He was also Master of St Mark’s College in the University of Adelaide, Dean of International House, Melbourne University, Master of the residential accommodation at Deakin University.
Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
The year after Blair became Labour leader he spent his first Christmas outside Britain at the Thomson’s farm near Mansfield in Victoria’s high country. As Peter later said, “Things were happening for Tony and I wanted to be part of it.” So in 1996 he moved to Britain and became vicar of St Luke’s, West Holloway, North London.
Sam’s other appointments include non-executive director of West Australian Newspaper Holdings Limited, Vice President of the Australia-Japan Business Co-operation Committee, Chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, and chair of the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund. Sam is also patron of the State Library of Western Australia Foundation.
In 1998, keen to foster a support network for like-minded social activists, Peter became involved in the Community Action Network in East London. In 2001 he returned again to Melbourne to play a similar role as Chaplain of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Dr Sam Walsh AO (1967) Sam Walsh oversees Australia’s largest single exporter and the world’s second biggest iron ore operation. Sam became CEO at Rio Tinto Iron Ore in December 2004. His career spans 20 years in the ore and aluminium product groups following 20 years in senior roles in the automotive industry with Nissan and General Motors. Sam has responsibility for operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Guinea and India, as well as for Dampier Salt and Rio Tinto Marine. Sam is also Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Australia and Chairman of Rio Tinto China. Sam’s keen interest in giving back to the community is reflected in Rio’s employment schemes especially in the remote communities where the mines are – creating jobs and training in remote areas for indigenous people in Australia and the third world. RTIO is the largest employer of aboriginals in Australia other than government. Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce from the university of Melbourne and has completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering University in Michigan. He is a Fellow of the Australian
In January 2010 Sam was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce in Edith Cowan University.
Roger Wilson OAM (1961) Since stroking the oars in the first ever First VIII BGS Rowing crew in the APS competition in 1961 Roger has had a passion for rowing. In rowing circles he is known as the ‘voice of rowing’ having commentated at literally hundreds of regattas including at 40 Heads of the River, 39 Kings Cups (the Australian State Championship for eights) for the ABC and the Olympic Games in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) when Australia won two gold medals and Sydney (2000). Roger has also been an accomplished rowing correspondent for The Age, The Herald Sun and Weekly Times for over 30 years. As well as his commentating, Roger was the General Manager of Forty Winks, the well-known bedding company, building the franchise up from a small number of stores to more than 90. Roger was President of the Franchise Council of Australia 2001-2003 and was elected to their ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2006 – one of only 23 people to date. Roger is also a great lover of Australian Rules football. He played over 200 games of Australian Amateur Rules Football with the Old Brighton Grammarians. He was a committee member, coach, ‘Best and Fairest’ and Honorary Life Member.
Top Left George Thomson accepted the award on behalf of his late brother Peter. Top right Peter Thomson Above left Sam Walsh with the Headmaster Above Right Vernon Spencer Left Roger Wilson accepts his award.
Rising Stars Simon Crowe (1990) CEO and Co-Founder of Grill’d Burgers Prior to Grill’d, Simon completed a BSc at Melbourne Uni (Psychology major) and was International Brand Manager at Foster’s Group where he worked for four years across numerous countries. Simon began his career at Procter & Gamble, a multinational consumer goods company.
Above Rising Stars RIGHT School Captain Zac Miller Below Daryl Braithwaite accepts Roger Davies’ award on his behalf.
Simon left the corporate world to try his hand at owning and managing his own business. The decision was not an easy one. However, his branding/marketing experience helped establish Grill’d as a unique and differentiated player in the cluttered fast food landscape. Grill’d Burgers opened its doors in Hawthorn in 2004. Described by The Age Good Weekend as “The best burgers in Victoria, Australia or the World”, customers soon flocked. Seven years later there are now 44 Grill’d restaurants across the country. Accolades followed too. In 2010 Grill’d was the category winner (Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaways) at the prestigious Australian Retailer of the Year Awards (2010), judged by the Australian Retail Association. In 2009 and 2010 Grill’d was awarded ‘Emerging Franchisor of the Year’ by the Franchising Council of Australia.
Did you know you can watch videos about the BGS Hall of Fame Inductees? Go to YouTube and search – Brighton Grammar Hall of Fame.
Nutrient Water Boys (1995) When Founders of Nutrient Water Luke Marget, Brad Wilson and Matt Dennis all left professional careers in law and finance in 2004 and 2005 at age 27 they knew they had made the right choice.
They were keen to enter the health and wellbeing market and came across enhanced water which had taken off in Japan and North America but had not yet come to Australia. The guys moved back home and started working from a small office above a suburban garage. It wasn’t long before they moved into a warehouse and then prepared to go national. They had the market to themselves for two years and then in 2008 competition arrived in the form of Coca Cola’s Vitamin water and Schweppes Spring Valley Smart Water. This beverage category is now worth $100million a year and Nutrient Water has grown in five years to have 35 full time staff and 30 contractors. The guys pride themselves on innovation so it will be exciting to watch what happens next for Nutrient Water.
Charlie Pickering (1994) Comedian, TV host, radio performer and entertainer. Although Charlie decided at a very early age he wanted to be a comedian, on finishing school he studied Arts/Law at Monash, and for a short time worked in a large law firm. But it didn’t take long for him to give it away and try stand-up comedy – his true passion. Over several years Charlie performed on the international comedy circuit very successfully winning nominations and awards at several major international comedy festivals. More recently Charlie has been seen each night hosting Channel 10’s 7pm Project and on the weekly program Talkin’ ‘bout your Generation, launched in May 2009 with Sean Micallef. In 2010 Charlie released his first book “Impractical Jokes’. Charlie is also widely recognised as a political junkie and for his extraordinary depth and breadth of general knowledge.
The Award Design The Hall of Fame Awards were designed by sculptor and fine art expert, Peter DeGaris (OB 1973), and are representative of the School, the Student and the Community for Life. The centre curved element, with the BGS colours, represents the School, supporting the student and enhancing a start in life, figuratively sending the student out into the wide world after receiving the benefit of a well rounded education. The largest form represents the student and the rough and smooth experiences of life. The third element with the peak bent back represents the partner, that being the School community. Each element is highly polished, reflecting each other. The timber base is made of solid oak to represent that centrepiece of the School, the mighty oak tree in the Quadrangle. The award also bears a resemblance to the wings of the School crest.
BGS SEA CHANGE: KING ISLAND EXPLORATION
“It’s dirty. It hurts. It’s the best thing I have ever done”
“On King Island I learnt a lot about myself and how far I could push myself”
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Left Lloyd Hutson & Out Door Education teacher Andrew “Sonic’ Hillier on route along the expansive King Island beach. Below The final day of the trek around the island includes a ‘not –negotiable’ river crossing that is ankle deep at low tide and chest deep at high tide!
The six day 100 km trek around King Island is one of the only compulsory elements of the BGS Year 9 Sea Change program. Building on the out-door education skills learned over previous years, this experience is tough and challenging in fine weather – and truly life changing when the winds and rain Bass Strait pummel the island. This eco wonderland is proving to be a catalyst for stimulating an interest in all manner of flora and fauna among the boys.
AROUND THE SCHOOL Sailing at BGS Given the School’s handy proximity to Port Phillip Bay you may be surprised to know that the 2010/11 summer was only our second season to have a competitive school sailing team. Headed up by David Say (Year 12) who has ‘been sailing as long as I can remember’ the squad of 18 sailors trained twice a week from the Black Rock Yacht Club. School sailing is a team competition with each team comprising three boats with two sailors – a captain and crew. The team is only as good as its weakest link and so strategy comes into play for real success. As in rowing, there are several practice regattas during the season culminating with a two day major regatta, The 2011
CSI Brighton William Angliss Institute School Team Sailing State Championships held at Albert Park, organised by Yachting Victoria. The championship involving 24 teams drawn from public and independent secondary schools across Victoria. BGS entered two teams and came 5th overall and first in the second division, which was a remarkable result in our second year of competition. Throughout the whole season Acting Teacher in Charge of Sailing Roger Nink and Sailing Coach Hugh Osbourne (2009) were really supportive and deserve much of the credit for the success of the our teams.
Don’t move! Hold the phone! One of New York City’s finest police officers, Steve Baltzois, recreated an actual crime scene, at Rosstrevor. The Year 8 students were given a myriad of forensic evidence, including fingerprints, DNA, ballistics and an autopsy report, and then let loose to try to solve the mystery of who killed the drug dealer. Steve was such a dynamic and exciting presenter, positively ‘oozing’ with passion as he primed the boys for their quest to solve the murder. Ultra-violet lights, microscopes, lots of physical evidence and even a sample of a suspect’s actual handwriting were up for scrutiny. The presentation was timed to coincide with the boys’ study of Atoms. P O S T C A R D
Emergency landing! The Cole s for Spo rts dockets promotio n resulted in BGS receiving over 100 it of new s ports equ ems ipment for our b oys.
As the Year 8 boys ran out fo r their internal pr actice match on Saturday this is what greete d them (modelle d wonderfully well by Nick Pa vlou)! The win d wouldn’t take them to Elster nw ick Park so the C rowther Oval w as used for an em ergency landin g.
AROUND THE SCHOOL Now, this is street art!!!
Top teacher BGS Teacher in Charge of Visual Communication & Design Matt Wardell was honoured this year when he was invited to present a series of sessions as guest speaker at the Melbourne Museum for the VCAA Top Design exhibition. Top Design showcases student works produced for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Media, Design & Technology, Food & Technology, Systems Engineering, Visual Communication & Design and Victorian Education and Training (VET) Interactive Digital Media. This exhibition is regarded as one of the best junior designing exhibitions in the state, even nationally. Matt had sat on the official panel that selected the Visual Communication and Design work for the prestigious exhibition and so his presentations discussed the selection experience and what current Year 11 and 12 students and teachers could expect, and learn from, the selected work.
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All works are accompanied by folios and design plans that document the students’ development of ideas, production stages, client feedback and evaluation of results. The strength of this unique exhibition is the opportunity to view developmental folios and design plans alongside the finished work. The boys at BGS who study VCD are indeed fortunate to have such a highly regarded expert in the field as their teacher – and results in recent years certainly hold this to be true.
Unsightly graffiti has been sandblasted away to make way for an internationally significant community mosaic mural at the Patterson Train Station underpass in Bentleigh. Local artist Pamela Irving, perhaps best known for her famous bronze sculpture ‘Larry La Trobe’ the dog in the Melbourne City Square, is coordinating the project and has involved students from several local schools and local adults and artists. Under the creative guidance of BGS Junior School art teacher Karen Nielsen 70 of our Year 5 boys have each created a self-portrait using colourful mosaic tiles to be included in the project. Pamela made a point of congratulating our boys on the outstanding quality of their work. A cosmopolitan dimension has been added to the project with 75 portraits arriving from the US, Italy and the West Indies after Pamela addressed an international mosaic conference in Texas last year and informally suggested the project to the audience of mosaic artists. An amazing 700 portraits will be installed by the end of July to create a large ‘patchwork quilt’ that will become part of the urban landscape in our community for many years to come. RIght A selection of BGS mosaic portraits that will be included in the community mosaic mural.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS New Fundraiser joins team
It is with great please we welcome to the staff of Brighton Grammar School Frazer Hughes. Frazer has had many years' experience in fundraising, sponsorship management and relationship management most recently working with the Victorian Opera and The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. With the increased demands on the Development Office particularly in the area of fundraising for the new Rosstrevor and other major capital projects in the future, the Council decided it was time to add a dedicated senior fundraiser to the team.
Below Frazer Hughes looks forward to getting to know the BGS community.
BGS is on the cusp of exciting times as the Master Plan for the next 25 years is slated to begin in 2012 with the development of the new Rosstrevor Middle School on the old Girrawheen site.
Annual Giving 2011 It's all about the icing on the cake.
As we all know, school fees contribute to the excellence of teaching experienced by our boys, but does not cover facilities development. As such, a focus on Major Gifts from within the BGS community will need to occur over the next few years to make our Master Plan a reality. Such generosity can take many forms and can be truly transformational, acting as leadership and inspiration to others.
The 2011 Annual Giving Appeal continues to provide that ‘icing on the cake’, allowing us to pay for small programs and projects which all add up to making a great difference. We thank all those who have contributed so far. The campaign runs until 30th December. Donate online at www.brightongrammar.vic.edu.au or call us now on 03 8591 2271 to make a simple credit card donation.
We look forward to exploring this opportunity with all those who wish to contribute to the long-term future of their School.
Recognition We are delighted to acknowledge and honour our current BGS donors who generously gave over $1,000 to the School in 2010/2011. Honour List
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13CABS Adam-Gedge, Sarah Adams, Roger & Lorraine Allday, Kerry Anonymous x 5 Arimoto, Ryuhei Backholer, Arthur (’36) ^ Bartels, Mark & Andrea Bramwell Baylis, Andrew Beck, Andrew & Roisin (’78) Bourke, Colin Boxtel, Roger & Anna Brighton Toyota Cavallaro, Frank Collie, Robert & Jennifer
Doyle, Daniel Fairweather, Mabel ^ Gallia, Giorgio Gillon, Peter Goddard, Colin & Cyndi Gotze, David & Evi Hoar, Tony & Sharon (’82) Hodges Real Estate Horton, Noelene Johnson, Don & Margo Jones, Gary & Jennifer (’72) Jones, Stephen & Georgina Grigoriou (’71) Kulesza, Aleksander & Anetta Lee, Seong & Young Lemon, Robert & Kerrie (’74) Ma, Jun & Yize Man McDonald, Paul & Leonie McDowell, Malcolm & Penny Middendorp, Nicholas & Joanne (’79) Middendorp, Hugh & Margaret Monjon Powell, Michael (’72) Nuline Charter Pty Ltd
Paroissien, Ian (’69) Pascoe, Brian & Ruth Phillips, John Priestley, John & Susan (’75) Redhead, John (’63) Roberts, Susie Scriven, Colin & Gail Simon, Richard & Pamela (’79) Sobee, George & Linda (’28) ^ Sony Foundation Stephens, Monty Stone, Christine Thomson, George (’51) Urwin, Michael van Wetering, Natalie Wiles, Peter Willcock, Gregory & Phoebe Wilson, John (’79) Wu, Michael (’10) Xu, Eddie & Chinn Fang
In addition, there were 849 people who gave donations of $999.00 or less. ^ deceased
DEVELOPMENT OFFICE NEWS Mabel Fairweather Bequest and scholarship In February the School was notified that Miss Mabel Fairweather, former Headmistress of the Junior School, had left a portion of her estate, which had been held in trust, to the Brighton Grammar School Bursary Fund. In May, the School received a bequest of $69,261.
The Sequamur Society has been established to honour those members of the BGS community who have confirmed their intention to include the School in their will. We currently have 64 members.
Cocktail Party Once again, buoyed by their appreciation and support for the School, members of our Sequamur Society gathered for the annual Cocktail Party in March. Presentations were made by the Headmaster to new members Greg Arendsen, Jenny and Gary Jones, George Thomson, Phoebe Willcock, Natalie van Wetering and Barry Jarvis. A special posthumous presentation was made to Arthur Backholer which was accepted by his children. School architect, Wayne Stephens, gave a fascinating sneak preview into the design of the new Middle School development. The Sequamur Society enjoys a lively spirit of camaraderie and plays a pivotal role in ensuring BGS will continue its outstanding tradition of educating boys. By including BGS in their will, members are providing a strong foundation that enables the School to confidently look to the future. To learn more contact Peter Toms on 03 8591 2274.
Above The late Mabel Fairweather, former headmistress of the Junior School.
David O’Sullivan. The Courier, Ballarat
David’s great legacy It was with sadness that the School learned of the passing of Dr David O’Sullivan, a Founding Member of the Sequamur Society. David was a remarkable student, doctor and historian, loved by his patients and highly respected for his wisdom, integrity and compassion. David’s school record was outstanding. In 1943 he was Captain and Dux of the School. He represented the School in First XI Cricket, First XVIII Football and Swimming, was a Lieutenant in the Cadet Corps and Editor of the Grammarian, and Captain of Crowther House. On leaving school, David commenced his medical studies at the University of Melbourne only to be struck down with TB in his fifth year and assigned to a plaster bed for nearly three years. During this period David developed a great interest in medical history and in his later life was appointed Honorary Curator of the AMA Library in Melbourne.
David graduated in Medicine in 1953 and undertook postgraduate studies in America and in the United Kingdom. On returning to Australia he set up a practice in Ballarat and also worked at the Outpatient Clinics at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. While an outstanding medico, possibly David’s greatest legacy to the people of Australia was his role in the foundation of Sovereign Hill. As Chairman of the Standing Committee that established Sovereign Hill, David’s enthusiasm and great love of history propelled this remarkable project. David served on the Board of Sovereign Hill for 36 years, two terms as President. His dedication to Sovereign Hill was acknowledged by the award of his Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992. In 1993 David received a Certificate of Honour by the National Trust and was granted a Fellowship of the Medical Defence Association of Victoria. In 1992 David retired to his beloved rural property, ‘Mafeking Farm’, at Willaura in the Grampians. David is survived by his wife Fran and four children.
Miss Fairweather came to BGS from Bostock House, Geelong, in 1939 at a time when the Junior School enrolment was a mere 30 boys. On her retirement in 1962, the enrolment had increased to over 300, a staggering increase. Miss Fairweather was a remarkable teacher and organizer and encouraged ‘her boys’ to give their best in all aspects of their schooling. She maintained a close interest in School activities and her former ‘boys’ until her death in 1980. In the early 1990s, the building housing the Early Learning Centre and Individual Programs Department was named in Miss Fairweather’s honour. It is most appropriate that Miss Fairweather’s ashes are embedded in the wall of the Junior School foyer and we look forward to the day that a recipient of a scholarship from her bequest makes his way through the Junior School gates. Given it takes a corpus of about $250,000 to fund a scholarship, there may be former pupils of Miss Fairweather who wish to direct a donation now or in the future to support The Mabel Fairweather Scholarship Fund to bring to reality her dream of enabling a worthy boy the opportunity to attend BGS. For further information contact Peter Toms 8591 2274.
OUR COMMUNITY The 2011 Pink Dinner Once again more than 400 women from the wider BGS community came together for a night of fun and celebration. This year the theme was ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ inspired by the book and film and so we ‘moved’ from Italy, to India and then Bali. The evening began with superb singing by Junior School Music Coordinator, Jared Furtado, accompanied by Andrew Kerr. The ladies loved the Bollywood demonstration and many enthusiastically joined in the Bollywood dancing. The dance floor was full again later with the outrageous and fun all girl band, Party Girls. A real highlight, however, was when the Director of Development & Community Relations, Natalie van Wetering introduced two BGS women, Julia Thorn and Maggie Lynch. Julia (mother of Dominic in Year 12) is the first and only Australian to complete 100 marathons! It was fascinating to listen to her talk of the mental and physical challenges. Maggie spoke about her involvement over many years with refugee women. Maggie is a Past Parent, a part time member of staff for many years and the inspiration and driving force of our International Parents’ Support Group. Far right Maggie Lynch and Denise McNamee.
Following the success of seven Pink Dinners for the women of BGS, we are proud to announce the introduction of the Blue Dinner for BGS men. For BGS men – Parents, Past Parents, Old Boys and Staff. Wednesday, 7 September 2011 International of Brighton (Details will be on our website however we can promise steak, Shiraz and definitely no dancing!!!)
Proceeds raised on the night will help support the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
OUR COMMUNITY JPG Dance in the dollars! On Friday 3 June the Junior Parents’ Group held its Masquerade Ball at The International, Brighton. This was the first Ball we had arranged for some time, and although the Trivia night we held last year was very popular (and there were many requests to hold another this year), we decided to alternate with a Ball to cater for all the parent community wishes! Our purpose this year has been to raise money towards the replacement of the playground next to the car park. Penny Zissis worked tirelessly to manage this event; she led a small hard working committee Geoff Gedge, Lorraine Adams, Mei Yi Tse-Warlord and Sue Crew. Although the night was chilly, around 200 parents and staff dressed up and donned their masks for the evening. The tables were lit with fairy lights and decorated with colourful and sparkling masks made by the Year 6 boys in their Art class (borrowed for the evening - thanks again to Karen Nielsen, our talented Art
Teacher!) The setting was truly magical and guests were treated to gift bags as well as lucky door prizes for each table on arrival! The evening’s proceedings were managed by Andrew Biggin who M.C.’d with his usual aplomb! Lucky envelopes with exciting hampers as prizes were sold and the Silent Auction was a hit! The live auction was very entertaining with Julian Augustini of Hodges (one of our very own parents!) egging on the bidders; the most exciting item being reserved spaces in the Junior School car-park for 12 months. Congratulations to Harry and Veneta Tsindos, the winners of our raffle drawn on the night. When the dust settled, we found we had raised almost $34,000, enough to fund the replacement playground very soon. Thank you again to everyone who made the Ball so successful, and the many families and businesses who contributed generously; your support for this event has been greatly appreciated!
Past Mothers’ getting together The 69th Annual Past Mothers’ luncheon held in June was once again a huge success with many ‘regulars’ attending together with some very ‘new’ Past Mothers who all had a fabulous time. As always, a wonderful group of mums from Years 9 to 12 prepared and served a scrumptious lunch enjoyed by all. An amazing array of raffle prizes provided the lucky ticket winners, including our most Senior Past Mother in attendance (96 years “young”) with an enjoyable but difficult selection dilemma. Guests were entertained by the Cello Choir led by teacher in charge, Mr Stephen Langley. The Past Mothers were also told about the exciting plans for the redevelopment of Rosstrevor and we all look forward to watching this come to fruition. Judy Gibson, Past Mothers’ Representative Right centre L-R Hilary Atkinson, Maria Toliopoulos and Jacqui Priestley.
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Next year will be our 70th Birthday. It is propose d our lunch will be held on Friday 1st June 201 2 please ma rk this date so in your diaries no w. It will b e a very special oc casion for us all.
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Careers Expo 2011
The President encourages you to get involved I would like to express my thanks to the OBGS for electing me as the 20011/13 President at the AGM in March. I have enjoyed being a part of the OBGS Committee at various times since leaving school and am delighted to have been given the opportunity to fulfil the role of President. Since becoming President I am proud to have represented the OBGS through reading the Ode at the Anzac Day Service, attending a 60 Years On morning tea, introducing the guest speaker at the May BGS Corporate Connections breakfast and attending two School Council meetings as the OBGS representative. But perhaps the greatest honour has been at the very successful Hall of Fame dinner, where in addition to proposing the toast to the school I presented Honorary Life Memberships to Monty Stephens. I am sure you will read more about the Hall of Fame Dinner, but let me say, if you missed this night, you missed the best function the School has ever had. Get involved and enjoy these functions.
Through the website you’ll find many activities to get involved with. The Top Enders bi-monthly luncheon at the Marine Hotel, the quarterly BGS Corporate Connections breakfasts and the ongoing reunion program. There are also a number of social functions being organized by OBGS affiliate sports clubs so your support is greatly needed and appreciated. You may also be inclined to support the OBGS sports clubs as a player, social or committee member, or supporter. Don’t forget the School games either. The teams and coaches are always pleased to know that Old Boys are there supporting and taking an interest.
Please give Andrew Biggin, Alumni Relations Manager a call if you are interested in joining a club or if you can’t find your way around the website to find The OBGS was founded with the purpose of events to attend. keeping Old Boys in touch with each other and the School, to develop Old Boys’ Clubs A strong OBGS goes a long way towards ensuring we maintain a healthy BGS, so and to arrange gatherings. This remains during my time as President I’m aiming the principal objective behind the activities to make sure we continue to play a of the OBGS Committee. Your Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at meaningful role in supporting the activities 6:30pm and we’re always on the lookout for and development of the School. I’d love additional members to inject new ideas and to hear from you if you’ve got any ideas. a fresh perspective. Kind regards, However it is not just through committee meetings where you can maintain contact.
Peter Scott President
60 Year Milestone Keith Robinson (1945) joined the Brighton Grammarians’ Lodge in 1951, aged 24. In April 2011, Keith was presented with his 60 Year Jewel in recognition of 60 years' continuous membership. He was originally proposed for membership by Frank “Sarge” Brown. Keith was Master of the Lodge in 1965/66 and Treasurer for many years. Keith’s presentation (above) was made by Garry Bradd, who has two grandsons at BGS, Taylor and Chandler Skelton. It’s a big year for Keith as he recently also celebrated 60 years marriage to his wife June.
Vale It is with sadness we note those who have passed away recently. Bick, Vivian (1931) (and former staff member) Briggs, Graeme (1940) Burgess, Nigel ‘Alf’ (1952) Fock, Willem (1948) Huxley, Ken (1946) MacGlashan, Neil (1937) Neville, Ray (1939) O’Sullivan OAM, David (1943) Spafford, John (1958) Summers, Travis (2009) Pettifer, James – Past staff (1963-1982)
One of the most valuable ways Old Boys can support their School is by offering support to current students – particularly in the area of career advice. As we all know, making that all important decision about which direction to head after school and which courses to apply for can be overwhelming and that is why so much time and effort is invested in giving the boys the opportunity to learn about options available to them. Wednesday 25 May saw more than 70 Old Boys, current and past parents, friends, and contacts from an enormous range of professions, along with students and advisors from Universities and TAFEs gather in the Robert Sanderson Centenary Hall to provide careers advice to the students of BGS and Firbank. Under the expert guidance of BGS Careers Counsellor Mrs Bonnie Taylor assisted by Andrew Biggin, Alumni Relations Manager, who sourced the various presenters, a successful vocational guidance night was held. We appreciate and thank all of the Old Boys young and old, experienced and less experienced, who took the time to be available for the Careers Expo. Your advice may well have made just the difference one of our boys needed to help him take the next step on his journey to manhood and further education.
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Passionate address inspires boys Rosstrevor was thrilled to welcome back Old Boy and Olympian Andrew Lauterstein (2005) as a special guest speaker recently. Living by the motto “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”, Andrew spoke at length to the Years 7 & 8 boys about the importance of an all-round effort across the board.
Chaplain in the Prison system Jonathan Chambers (1969) was always meant to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and become a Minister of the Church – but it wasn’t easy. When making enquiries about ordination on completing School, (the final two at Geelong Grammar as a boarder), he was told to think more about it and come back when he was 25. On his second inquiry he was advised that he might be better to wait until he was 40 if he was still interested! Fortunately for so many who have benefited since, Jonathan, in his early 30’s entered Theological College, completed his studies and met his wife Susanne. After being ordained in 1987 his first Parish was in Braybrook in Melbourne’s western suburbs, where he worked for four years before he and Susanne, now also ordained, moved to Bernie, Tasmania, for a few very challenging years. In 2000 Jonathan was appointed Senior Chaplain with Anglicare in the Anglican Criminal Justice Ministry. In this role, he leads a team of chaplains who visit all 13 Victorian prisons. The United Nations
mandates that all prisoners have the right to practise their chosen religion. The role of the Prison Chaplain is a very important one as what is said between prisoner and chaplain is confidential (except for information indicating harm will come to someone). The Chaplain is often also the liaison between an isolated and often frightened, vulnerable prisoner and his or her family. Victoria’s prison system currently holds 4600 individuals of whom 4240 are male and 360 are female. 33% of all inmates have a diagnosed mental illness. The majority of all inmates are under 30 years of age. 60% will return to prison after they are released and of those, 34% will be back inside within two years. 25% of children born into a family where one parent is in prison will also finish up behind bars. Jonathan’s job is certainly an interesting one which produces challenges, frustrations and thankfully, rewards as well.
There was no hiding the pride that Andrew has in being an Old Boy as he related stories of his teenage years in Rosstrevor and beyond. As a Victorian football and Australian baseball representative prior to his swimming feats, the importance Andrew placed on academic pursuits and involving himself in many areas of the School sent a great message to our boys. Many were surprised to hear he took up such challenges as debating in order to better his public speaking skills and altered his hectic swimming program in senior years in order to have afternoons off for study. His commitment and desire to represent the School even led to Andrew being our 1st XVIII Football goal umpire when World Swimming Championship preparations put an end to his football pursuits in Years 11 & 12! The notion of respect shone through as Andrew explained to the boys that in order to succeed, having a team of like-minded people driving him towards his goals was as important as any other factor in his career. While these days his support team consists of coaches, fitness advisers, nutritionists and the like, Andrew highlighted his ‘team’ of quality teachers, family and close friends when he was at
school as a great driving force for later success. It is clear that Andrew continues to be a quality person through respecting the advice, opinions (some of which differ from his own) and set roles that various people continue to play in his life. How fortunate we are at BGS to have role models of such good character not just willing, but indeed wanting, to return to the School and talk to our boys. Andrew’s unscripted and unrehearsed speech was testament to a unique ability to engage 250 boys while sending outstanding messages about how to make the most of their schooling and indeed life.
Above L to R Harry Hill (Captain of Rosstrevor) Old Boy Andrew Lauterstein and Matt Wang (Captain of Rosstrevor Swimming).
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Two new Honorary Life Members Legendary Staff member Monty Stephens and Old Boy and Past President Michael Talbot (1965) were both presented with Honorary Life Membership of the OBGS at the Hall of Fame Dinner in June after being unanimously elected at the OBGS Committee meeting in March. This is the most prestigious honour the OBGS can bestow upon any person. Monty Stephens has been a consistent and strong supporter of everything at BGS whose passion for teaching and his unstinting commitment to the boys has made him one of the most loved and respected teachers ever. Monty’s affection for and interest in the boys does not finish when they walk through the gates at the end of Year 12 – he is the most regular staff attendee at Old Boy Reunions, always keen to catch up with past students and share in their news and successes. Over the 35 years Monty has taught at BGS he has been involved in many activities beyond the English classroom – they include such things as editing the Grammarian for 18 years, co-ordinating the ‘Ute Full of Food’ for many years; Hockey and Tennis coaching and in recent years, working as Teacher in Charge of the Student Council. Monty is also a generous benefactor of the School and a Founding Member of the Sequamur Society.
Meliora Club Dinner
Right Michael Talbot (left) and Monty Stephens with their Honorary Life Memberships.
The annual Meliora Club Dinner is the dinner for past rowers which has been held for the past 43 years on the Tuesday immediately preceding the Head of the River, Senior Regatta. Below L to R Darren Donnellan (1979), Simon Quirk (1985), Simon Gadsden (1994) Director of Rowing and 1st VIII Coach and Josh Donnellan (2008). Right Two of the great pioneers of rowing at BGS, David “Crockett” Boykett, (left) BGS first coach and Simon Newcomb OAM, coach throughout the 1960s and 70s.
In the fifty-two years since Michael Talbot joined the School in February 1959 he has been (or still is) a student, Old Boy, a Parent, Past Parent, OBGS Committee Member, OBGS President, BGS Council Member, Foundation Member, President of the Parents Association and Founding Member of the Sequamur Society. Michael was not renowned as a great student while at School. In fact, history records that frequently Harry Zachariah would enter the classroom and before starting the lesson would say, “Talbot, pick up your desk and get out!” To which Michael would answer, “But I haven’t done anything wrong.” To which Zach would respond, “But you will, so get out now!” Michael has only held one record at BGS – the ‘caning record’ for one term under Headmaster, Canon Wilson!
In his own words, Michael ‘couldn’t wait to leave school and get out into the big wide world of business’ at which he was, and is, highly successful. A man who is committed to ‘getting the job done’, Michael achieved much during his time as OBGS President and School Council member. He oversaw the introduction of an Executive Officer to assist with the running of the OBGS. Recognised as a man who says what he thinks and never sugarcoats his opinions, he is often described by his peers as ‘an A Grade stirrer’. It would have been interesting times on the School Council in the Talbot days! Michael and his lovely wife Trudy, have two sons, Matthew and Ben both whom attended the School; Ben was Captain of School in 1995.
Queen’s Birthday Honour Peter Yates AM (1976) was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list “For service to education, to the financial services industry through the development of the Australian Financial Management Association of Australia, and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations”. Congratulations Peter, your School salutes you on this magnificent recognition.
OBGS COMMUNITY FOR LIFE Ben’s got the Power! The Brighton Grammar School community was proud to see 2010 Prefect and Captain of Football, Ben Jacobs, make his debut with Port Adelaide against the Sydney Swans on Saturday, 14 May. Ben was the Power’s first round selection at the 2010 AFL Draft (selection 16 overall) and has impressed many at Alberton since. After a serious bout of glandular fever requiring hospitalisation in the offseason, Ben forced his way into the side with a spectacular return to SANFL ranks in recent weeks.
Above Former Captain of Swimming Tim Renouf swims across the Crowther Oval.
When it rains, it pours On Saturday 5 February after the memorable summer downpour former Captain of Swimming Tim Renouf (OB 1974) took a racing dive from the Oval bench and swam across the Crowther Oval towards Annandale until the grass scraped his stomach too much - about 2/3 of the distance. A likely first in BGS history! A man with his boy operating a remote power boat (see in photo foreground), took the photos
Head of Year 8 Tim Marshall represented Brighton Grammar School at the Sydney Cricket Ground and, as one of Ben’s schoolboy coaches and mentors, was very proud to see Ben’s AFL journey take flight. “I remember one of the first things Ben said to me after commencing as a Year 6 Wilson House boy in 2004 was: ‘my dream is to be an AFL footballer’, so it was a very special moment to see him run out on Saturday evening,” Tim said. Prior to the game Tim joined Ben’s family in the Port Adelaide changing rooms to witness the jumper presentation ceremony as Port Adelaide ten-year veteran and 2004 Premiership player Stuart Dew handed him his #16 guernsey. Ben’s first foray into the professional ranks were very encouraging as he collected 14 possessions and five marks off the half-back line after being introduced. We wish Ben all the very best as he joins a growing list of BGS Old Boys on AFL club lists: Jack Watts (Melbourne), Ben Jakobi (Richmond), Chris Dawes (Collingwood), Will Thursfield (Richmond), Robbie Warnock (Carlton) and Matthew Warnock (Melbourne) all having learned their craft on the Crowther Oval.
Above Head of Year 8 Tim Marshall flew to Sydney to witness Ben Jacob’s first AFL game with Port Adelaide.
HARD WORK REWARDED Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering celebrated the achievements of their top new students at the 2011 Engineering Scholarship Celebration on Thursday 10 March. Held on campus at Monash University the celebration acknowledged the success of students who not only gained a place in an engineering course at Monash University but who also received a scholarship for their outstanding results during their VCE. Among these students was Jarman Stephens (Year 12, 2010). Students celebrated with their families, the Deputy Dean of Engineering, Professor Tam Sridhar, school representatives and Monash students. Scholarship recipients were individually acknowledged at the ceremony and had a chance to mingle with university staff and other students after the presentations. Jarman was also a recipient of a Premier’s Award for Physics, just one of four students in the state. Above Winner of a Monash University Engineering Scholarship Jarman Stephens is pictured at the awards ceremony with The Deputy Dean of Engineering and the Headmaster.
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Near and Far
Committees of the Ormond Football and Cricket Clubs. Richard currently has two sons at BGS (Jeremy, Yr 11 and Will, Yr 9). His eldest son Henry completed Yr 12 in 2010.
Brian Grant (1943) Brian founded the Peninsula Inventions Group in 2006 which comprised 50 aspiring inventors from the Mornington Peninsula area.
Scott Hamilton (1982) took the plunge in 2010 and married Jo from Perth and became an instant father of four step-children whose ages range from six to sixteen. He is currently teaching Biology and Science at Padua College, Mornington and lives in Mt Martha.
He assisted several to take their inventions successfully to market and still works privately with a couple, mentoring them in negotiating the Intellectual Property laws. He retired last year because of health issues, and left the Group to carry on the good work. Ian Wells (1964) is living in Glen Waverley and enjoying semi–retirement which includes, on average, two days a week management consulting, two days working as a national Board Director for the Australian Computer Society, and one day university lecturing. Ian is also undertaking a PhD researching ICT governance. When he gets time, Ian enjoys 4wheel driving and camping in the high-country. Julien Wiener (1972), a former Australian test cricketer, was thrilled to recently receive life membership of the Prahran Cricket Club which has been a big part of his life for more than 40 years. Tony Shakeshaft (1977) is married with three daughters and working for the Boston based information technology company E.M.C. Peter Allen (1978) is living just north of Brisbane with his wife of 23 years Kerryn. They were married in Fiji where he ran a SCUBA Diving operation in 1988 and moved back to Melbourne that same year. After a couple of cold winters where he played with the Old Boys’ footy teams, “The Warriors” and the Seconds, they then moved north where they have lived since. Richard Simon (1979) established his own sports and recreation planning company, “Simon Leisure Consulting” in May 2008 after 20 years working in local government and the private sector in related fields. He is Chairman of the Ormond-McKinnon Community Bank which opened in June 2010 and has an active involvement with the
David Shiell (1989) continues to oversee the London, New York and now Lagos, Nigeria offices of Web Liquid Group (www. webliquidgroup.com), the Digital Advertising Agency he founded in 2003. David is married to Jessamy. They have two sons Cassian (2) and Quade born on 1 May. David is always happy to hear from anyone planning a trip to Europe or who lives in London or New York...or Nigeria!! Just drop him an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrew Augustine (1989) undertook Arts and Marketing Degrees after leaving School. He has had a number of jobs in the marketing field and currently works in a marketing role in the racing industry – a passion he has had all his life. Andrew lives in the Geelong area with his wife Jade and children Milly (3) and Angus (3). Tim Desmyth (1989) is working with Macquarie Bank in Sydney. He and his partner Brook have recently had a daughter, Charlotte Zoe. Lloyd (Wayne) Dewar (1989) practises law in Melbourne but his real passion is music. Lloyd has had his own Jazz and R & B music show “Blue Juice” on 3PBS for 14 years; his DJ name is Mohair Slim, a name he is recognised by all over the world. As well as his weekly show, Mohair Slim DJs for large functions and private gigs for various people. Michael Guilday (1989) recently returned from living and practising law in Hong Kong to live in Sydney with his wife Catherine and his two sons Max and Alex.
Brendan Dewar (1991) has worked in the management, consulting and training side of real estate since leaving School. He is currently the Regional Manager for First National Real Estate with the region covering WA, SA, Vic, Tas. Brendan lives in Mordialloc with his wife Louisa and two daughters Emily and Charlotte David Walker (1992) is currently working for Bluescope Steel as a Manufacturing Superintendent in the flat steel plant at Hastings on Westernport Bay. David was married to Natalia in 2003 and is living in Glen Iris. They have two sons Maksem (5) and Kerrek (3).
strong Old Boys’ affiliations - Rob as a former James Murch (1993) and his wife Cathy Freeman OBG Football Club Vice-Captain and Lach as a welcome the birth of their first child Ruby recently. Past-President of the OBG Cricket Club. Steve Dimer (1996) returned to Melbourne in Allister Gammie (2001) is currently working 2010 taking up a position with the NAB as a as a conciliator for the Energy & Water Senior Business Banker, after moving to Adelaide Ombudsman Victoria. He is still playing music in 2007 as a Senior Finance Manager with GE. for fun with fellow Old Boy, Kyle Ross (2001). Steve is to be married in August to Camilla Mark Beadle (2002) is currently working fullPinkney in Melbourne. time with Peter Rowland Commercial (caterers) Satoshi Tomita (1996) returned to Japan to study at Wesley College, St Kilda Road campus as at university after graduating from BGS. In 2001, Senior School functions and canteen manager. he started working with Toyota in Japan until 2007 Henry Say (2010) who was the inaugural when he began working with Panasonic. Captain of Sailing at BGS is currently studying At the beginning of 2009, Satoshi was transferred at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania with Panasonic to San Diego to work in one of to ultimately become a Ship’s Captain! their TV factories as a senior manager in the Purchasing Department and expects to be there for about another year. Satoshi will travel from San Diego for his 15 Year Reunion. Andrew Walsh (1997) has been living and working in London for the past four years with the construction and fit-out company ISG as the Commercial/Package Manager. Robert (1995) and Lachlan (1998) Kent’s combined hospitality experience, totalling more than 20 years and spanning a broad range of styles and venues, has culminated in them working together at Rob’s thriving Mordialloc restaurant Main Street Café. By all accounts, Main Street Café has quickly established itself as a market leader both in terms of quality and sheer quantity of coffee and meals served to the fast-developing seaside community. The brothers have both had
Recent Staff weddings: Head of Physical Education & Health Peter Whitehead recently flew home to the UK to marry his beautiful bride Ashley (below left). A BGS affair when Senior School English teacher Alex Sylvan married Student Counsellor Amy Greaves (below right); the service was conducted by Senior School Chaplin Graeme Brennan.
Above Lachlan and Robert Kent outside their Main Street Cafe. Below James Murch and his wife Cathy Freeman with baby Ruby.
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OBG Sports News OBG Cricket News Season 10/11 was without doubt one of the more enjoyable seasons in a while for the OBG Cricket Club. While premiership glory was elusive, there were some positive signs of improvement, highlighted by a nail biting away win against eventual premiers Old Scotch. Club legend Steve Dimer (1996) returned to the club and showed glimpses of the talent that saw him captain the senior side over 10 years ago. Mark Jenkin (1994) almost scored his debut century with a 94 against the MCC on the day, Charles Craig (1999) tied the knot and we played one game with 4 different sets of brothers in our line up, Steve(1995) and Warwick Earl (1996), James (2004) and Jonathan (2006) Sest, Sam (2007) and John (2005) Marks, Justin Hunter (1999) and Nick Bowring (1995). A clear highlight for the season was playing a match on the Crowther Oval against Old Melbourne. In a wet Melbourne week where nearly every other match in our competition was cancelled, we amazingly managed to have a wicket prepared for us which is great testament to the school curator Paul Graham who is a massive asset to the grounds staff. Unfortunately we lost the toss and were 4/6 after 6 on a modern day bowler’s paradise. We ground out a competitive score but failed to take the points as our score was passed with OM’s 8 wickets down.
Preliminary discussions indicate that a permanent move back to the Crowther Oval will occur for the coming season. A weekend road trip for the away fixture against Old Geelong was an invaluable team bonding experience however dropping 8 catches in 16 overs did not help our cause in a must win fixture to make the finals. Congratulations to Warwick Earl (1996) who won the league bowling averages with 19 wickets at the very respectable average of 10. The end of season function at the MCG was again a huge success and a great venue for our league presentation. Jess Dooley (1999) OBGCC President
BELOW Warwick Earl (1996) with his trophy for winning the league bowling average.
OBG Soccer News The OBGSC of old is back and firing on all cylinders! All the hallmarks of a great club are here; atmosphere and camaraderie are strong and the Club is regrouping in 2011. Although we have had our ups and downs with injuries and holidays, we are getting stronger together. Just prior to the mid season break the boys from Dendy Park were starting to hit their straps. Ken Keneko (2008) is proving to be a handful for opposition clubs up front and is a clear leader in the “tonners golden boot race”, while Matthew Hunt (2000) and Ryan Kaiser (2008) are simply dominating the midfield. Jimmy Scott (2008) has made the wings his own and the return of Matt Cameron (2006) from overseas has the 1st XI looking great as we approach the business end of the year sitting equal 4th on the ladder.
The 2nd XI are proving to be the clear standout of the competition sitting top of the ladder, 7 points clear with the Captain Sean Comerford (2000) having such an influence on his troops. Ryan McDowell (2009) has recorded 4 ‘best on grounds’ so far this season and is embarrassing opposition sides both at home and away. Our 3rd XI can’t seem to either a win or lose as they keep having draws, 7 in total for the season. Social functions are proving to be a great bonding and fundraising exercise for the Club and we are still on the lookout for a club shirt major sponsor. If anyone is interested in sponsoring the Club could you please contact OBGSC President Stuart Fairley (2000) for more information. The Club currently has 58 players on the list, our largest ever, so it’s a great time to be on the “tonners” because we are coming in 2011 and beyond. Stuart Fairley OBGSC President
Top L to R Ken Keneko (2008) Club President Stuart Fairley (2000) and Club Captain Steve Jervis. Above Ken Keneko in action.
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FIRST REUNION, CLASS OF 2010 Below left L to R Will Harding, Stephen Lorenz, Christopher Hardgrave, William Saunders, Matthew Bird, David Raphael and Dhanushke Fernando.
60 YEARS ON REUNION The morning of April saw the inaugural ‘60 Years On’ Reunion for Old Boys who had left BGS 60 Years ago or longer. Thirty six Old Boys, some travelling from interstate or rural Victoria to attend, joined the Headmaster, Deputy Headmaster Peter Skelton, Development Office staff and Head of the Junior School, Peter Tellefson in the recently refurbished G B Robertson Hall for morning tea.
Below L to R Stephen Lorenz, Russell Chee, Will Harding, Daniel Miles, and James Thompson.
Bill Saunders (1931) who left BGS 80 years ago and is 94 years young, was the ‘most senior’ Old Boy at the reunion and received a special presentation from Vice Captain of the School Henry Carlson. There were, however, several men who had reached the 70 years out of school milestone which was also quite remarkable. As well as hearing an update of life at BGS in 2011 from the Headmaster, the Old Boy visitors spent time in the Year 5 Classrooms, posed for a souvenir photograph which they were all given to take home, and chatted over morning tea.
OBGS Reunion calendar 2011 Top Bill Saunders of the Class of 1931 with Henry Carlson, School Vice Captain. Above Arthur Evans (1933), Peter Skelton, Deputy Headmaster, George Bolitho (1945) and Ken Wischusen (1942) chat about their school days.
Please note the dates for reunions to be held during the remainder of 2011. Invitations are mailed several weeks prior to the reunion. If for some reason you don’t receive an invitation, please contact the Alumni Relations Manager on 03 8591 2272. Each reunion at the School will be preceded with a tour of the School starting at the Oak Tree, 1 hour before the reunion commencement.
FUNCTION VENUE DATE
20 Year, Class of 2006 Dinner Top Enders Lunch 25 Year, Class of 1986 Dinner Sydney Reunion Cocktail Party Brisbane Reunion Lunch 40 Year, Class of 1971 Dinner Top Enders Lunch 50 Years On Reunion Lunch Top Enders Lunch
RS Centenary Hall Marine Hotel RS Centenary Hall PIMCO – Level 19 363 George St, Sydney Customs House RS Centenary Hall Marine Hotel RS Centenary Hall Marine Hotel
5 August 25 August 26 August 9 September
7pm 12.30pm 7pm 6pm
10 September 14 October 20 October 2 December 15 December
12.30pm 7pm 12.30pm From 11am 12.30pm
OBGS COMMUNITY FOR LIFE 30 YEAR REUNION, CLASS OF 1981
10 YEAR REUNION, CLASS OF 2001
Top Left L to R Phillip Collins, Rob Nankervis, Monty Stephens and Peter Ellison. Above L to R Mark Williamson, Warwick Stannus and Alex Tolias.
5 YEAR REUNION, CLASS OF 2006
Below Left L to R Richard Ryan, Midori Cranston, Andrew Morrison, Peter Rogers, and Will Toliopoulos. below Right L to R Oli Ward, Adrian Cox, Will Priestley and Ryan Abbott. Right Josh McKie (left) and Monty Stephens.
Left L to R Nick Blatt, Gary McPhee, Troy Lamb and Brenton Humphreys. Left below Xavier Gregory, Alex Sylvan, Tom Wilkinson and Ben Gadsden. Below L to R Mathew Chamberlain, James Hogarth, Daniel Meade, Mathew Turner, Jon Perrett, Andrew Parkes and Chris Bainbridge.
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